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What can be mistaken for lichen planus?
Lichen planus can sometimes be mistaken for other skin conditions (such as lichen sclerosus) so you might want to see a skin specialist (a dermatologist) or women’s health specialist (a gynaecologist).
Is lichen planus a lesion?
Lichen planus is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease that affects the skin, oral mucosa, genital mucosa, scalp, and nails. Lichen planus lesions are described using the six P’s (planar [flat-topped], purple, polygonal, pruritic, papules, plaques).
Is lichen planus a white lesion?
Oral lichen planus may appear as white, lacy patches; red, swollen tissues; or open sores. These lesions may cause burning, pain or other discomfort.
How do you Recognise lichen planus?
- clusters of shiny, raised, purple-red blotches on your arms, legs or body (you may see fine white lines on the blotches)
- white patches on your gums, tongue or the insides of your cheeks.
- burning and stinging in your mouth, especially when you eat or drink.
- bald patches appearing on your scalp.
Does Vitamin D Help lichen planus?
Lichen planus disease is a chronic inflammatory lesion without a known etiology. Recent studies have indicated the role of vitamin D on immune system and proposed its anti-inflammatory effects.
What autoimmune disease causes lichen planus?
Lichen planus (LP) is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in patients with a genetic predisposition but may be caused by drugs or be associated with disorders such as hepatitis C. LP is characterized by recurrent, pruritic papules that are polygonal, flat-topped, and violaceous and can coalesce into plaques.
How do you get rid of lichen planus fast?
Lichen planus has no cure, but different treatments can help relieve your symptoms and speed healing. Possible treatments include: Antihistamine medicine to relieve itching. Steroids on your skin or in your mouth to fight inflammation (You may also take steroids in pill form for severe cases)
Can vitamin D deficiency causes lichen planus?
Another study concluded that 1,25(OH)2D3 plays an anti- inflammatory role in oral lichen planus as it has an effect on the NF-kB signaling pathway. Therefore, from the findings we can conclude that low vitamin D plays a crucial role in causing oral lichen planus.
What is the main cause of lichen planus?
The cause of lichen planus is usually not known, although possible causes include: Hepatitis C, a virus that attacks your liver. Certain medicines, including some drugs used to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and malaria. Reactions to metal fillings in your teeth.